Interview with Emily Crawford, First Female Champion under 64 kg

My name is Emily Crawford

I am the first female to win the Combat Wrestling World Championship title at under 64 kilos.

I first started with judo at the tender age of 5. Where I met my wrestling coach Stephen Sweetlove MBE, who got me involved in freestyle wrestling, Russian Sambo and Uzbek Kurash.

I have been the national champion at freestyle wrestling Sambo and Kurash, I have also represented Great Britain internationally at freestyle wrestling, sambo and kurash. I have also won medals at the freestyle world cup, the sambo world championships and the  kurash world championships.

I was a full time student at Bath University where I studied Coach Education and Sports Science. I followed this with a further degree in Outdoor Education and Adventure Recreation.

I was very excited when I heard about the Combat Wrestling World Championships because it is the first time I could compete under a rule set that brought all my favourite grappling sports together.

I truly believe the rules allow for everyone, whatever their grappling style, to compete on an equal level.

Combat Wrestling is attracting the best grapplers from around the world and the rules will allow the world to find out who the world’s best grapplers are.

I wish the International Combat Wrestling Federation all the very best for its future development.


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